Abramson at Alice Tully Hall, January 28, 2012
|Born||Jill Ellen Abramson
March 19, 1954
New York City, United States
|Occupation||journalist, editor, author|
|Notable credit(s)||The New York Times (1997–present)
The Wall Street Journal (1988–1997)
The American Lawyer (1977–1986)
|Spouse(s)||Henry Little Griggs III (1981–present; 2 children)|
Jill Ellen Abramson (born March 19, 1954) is an American author and journalist best known for her role as the executive editor of The New York Times. Abramson was appointed to that position in September 2011, becoming the first female executive editor in the paper's 160-year history. Abramson joined the New York Times in 1997, working as the Washington bureau chief and managing editor before being named as executive editor. She previously worked for the Wall Street Journal as an investigative reporter and a deputy bureau chief.
Early life and education
Abramson was born in New York City, and grew up in a Jewish home. She received her high school diploma from Ethical Culture Fieldston School and a B.A. in History and Literature from Harvard University in 1976.
While an undergraduate, she was the Arts Editor of The Harvard Independent, and worked at Time magazine from 1973 to 1976. Subsequently, she spent nearly a decade as a senior staff reporter for The American Lawyer. In 1986, she was appointed as editor in chief of Legal Times in Washington, D.C., serving for two years. From 1988 to 1997, she was a senior reporter in the Washington bureau of The Wall Street Journal, eventually rising to deputy bureau chief. She joined The New York Times in 1997, becoming its Washington bureau chief in December, 2000.
Abramson was the Times' Washington Bureau chief during the turbulent period of Spring 2003 during the run-up to the war in Iraq and the Jayson Blair scandal, which led to the resignation of Executive Editor Howell Raines and Managing Editor Gerald Boyd. In a February, 2013 interview, Abramson spoke of the conflict she had with Raines as D.C. bureau chief, saying, "Howell from the get-go just had no use for me. ... I did think about quitting." Abramson was named to the news Managing Editor position (with co-Managing Editor John M.Geddes) by Raines' successor Bill Keller.
In 1995, Abramson and her The Wall Street Journal colleague (and fellow Fieldston alumna) Jane Mayer co-authored Strange Justice: The Selling of Clarence Thomas, which detailed circumstances surrounding the confirmation hearings of Justice Clarence Thomas. Maureen Dowd would later write of having bonded with Abramson during that time. From 2000–01, she was a professor at Princeton University. She was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2001.
On June 2, 2011, it was announced that Abramson would become the executive editor of the Times in September 2011, replacing Bill Keller who would step down from the position to become a full-time writer.
Abramson was scheduled to address the commencement exercises of Barnard College on May 14, 2012. Her speech was canceled after President Barack Obama requested to speak instead. She received an honorary degree at Fairleigh Dickinson's 69th Commencement Ceremony in May 2012.
In 1981, she married Harvard classmate Henry Little Griggs III. Griggs was then president of Triad, a political public relations company. He is self-described as a “writer, editor and media-relations consultant specializing in nonprofit advocacy campaigns.” They have two children.
In May 2007, Abramson was seriously injured in a truck-pedestrian traffic accident near the New York Times's Times Square headquarters. She and her husband subsequently filed a lawsuit against the truck's driver, owner and operator.
- With Jane Mayer. Strange Justice: The Selling of Clarence Thomas. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1994. ISBN 978-0-395-63318-2
- Where They Are Now: The Story of the Women of Harvard Law 1974. New York: Doubleday, 1986. ISBN 978-0-385-19432-7, OCLC 12314642
- The Puppy Diaries: Raising a Dog Named Scout. New York: Times Books, 2011. (Forthcoming in October 2011, published by Two Roads Books.)
- "Abramson, Jill". Current Biography Yearbook 2011. Ipswich, MA: H.W. Wilson. 2011. pp. 4–8. ISBN 9780824211219.
- Preston, Peter (June 6, 2011). "Jill Abramson's achievement is historic but Times can't stay stuck in past". The Guardian. Retrieved June 6, 2011.
- "Jill Abramson". New York Times. Retrieved 24 October 2013.
- Forbes most powerful women
- RUTH EGLASH (August 28, 2012). "Jewish women who rule! (according to Forbes)". Jpost. Retrieved 10 September 2013.
- "The FP Power Map: The 500 most powerful people on the planet.". Foreign Policy. May/June 2013. Retrieved 24 October 2013.
- Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu (April 24, 2013). "NY Times Editor Jill Abramson Sparks News Not Fit to Print". The Jewish Press. Retrieved 10 September 2013.
- Byers, Dylan (June 2, 2011). "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Jill Abramson". Adweek. Retrieved June 6, 2011.
- "Jill Abramson". The New York Times Company Official Website. Retrieved October 29, 2011.
- Pompeo, Joe (February 20, 2013). "Times Editor Jill Abramson Opens Up About Layoffs, the Time She Almost Quit and Loneliness at the Top". Capital NY. Retrieved March 20, 2013.
- Steinberg, Jacques (August 1, 2003). "2 Are Appointed at The Times To Managing Editor Positions". The New York Times. Retrieved June 2, 2011.
- Maureen, Dowd (2005). Are Men Necessary? When Sexes Collide. Putnam Publishing Group. p. 284.
- "Book of Members, 1780–2010: Chapter A". American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved March 20, 2011.
- Peters, Jeremy W. (June 2, 2011). "Abramson to Replace Keller as The Times's Executive Editor". The New York Times. Retrieved June 2, 2011.
- Parness, Amie (March 3, 2012). "Obama asks to deliver commencement speech at New York women's college". The Hill. Retrieved March 4, 2012.
- "Fairleigh Dickinson University Holds 69th Commencement on May 15". Fairleigh Dickinson University. Retrieved 17 August 2012.
- Auletta, Ken (October 24, 2011). "Changing Times: Jill Abramson takes charge of the Gray Lady". The New Yorker.
- Pilkington, Ed (June 7, 2011). "Jill Abramson: 'I'm a battle-scarred veteran'". The Guardian.
- Sherman, Gabriel (October 4, 2010). "Times Two". New York.
- Jill Abramson collected news and commentary at The New York Times
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- Jill Abramson at the Internet Movie Database
- Works by or about Jill Abramson in libraries (WorldCat catalog)